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Member Of Russian Dissident Art Group Released From Czech Custody


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A founding member of the Russian dissident art collective Voina (War) has been released from custody in the Czech Republic.

The Prague City Court ruled on September 21 that Oleg Vorotnikov, who is wanted in Russia for alleged hooliganism, must be released.

Vorotnikov promised the judge not to leave Prague while a final decision on his possible extradition to Russia is made.

Vorotnikov's lawyer, Radim Kozub, said his client plans to ask for political asylum in the Czech Republic.

Vorotnikov was detained in Prague on September 18.

He fled Russia with his family in 2011 after authorities launched investigations against him, defining one of his group's public actions as hooliganism.

Vorotnikov and his family have lived in several European countries since then but failed to get political asylum in any of them.

Voina became famous across Russia and beyond for stunts like painting a giant phallus on a drawbridge facing the St. Petersburg headquarters of the Federal Security Service and overturning police cars.

Based on reporting by CTK and aktualne.cz
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